What must I do to be victorious?

 

The short answer is to fall in love with Jesus. With Jesus as a close friend, there is no such thing as failure or disappointment as long as you stay close to Him. It may not always appear to be so when trouble and trials are brought on by our own mistakes and circumstances allowed and sometimes designed by God.

 

Maybe the question should be: “How do I fall in love with Jesus?”

 

We “fall in love” in different ways under different circumstances. Our “falling in love” is usually related to seeing someone that really impresses us and things go from there.

 

It is no different with falling in love with Jesus. A subtle difference is that we do not see Him personally with physical eyes. We have to see Jesus with the eye of faith. There are four places we can meet Jesus:

 

a) In nature – the great out of doors where what Jesus has created is visible and enjoyed.

b) Providence – providential circumstances of events in our life. Jesus has His hand on the “lever of circumstances”.

c) In the Bible reading and meditating is the usual-and- customary place to see Jesus.

d) Hearing the Holy Spirit speak directly to us – usually impressions or strong feelings.

 

The point is that we can facilitate our meeting Jesus and falling in love with Him by asking Him in prayer to reveal Himself to us.

 

Jesus hears our prayers and answers them. So be careful what you pray for! Being in love with Jesus means a change in internal government. If you are ready for that then God has already been preparing you for a change in life. Self will fight to the finish to stay in control of your life. However, it is your choice who controls your life. To make no decision and to have no fight for control means that you are living in the “default mode& rdquo; which means that self is in control which is a deception – it is really that the evil one is pulling the strings in your life and deceiving you that you are in control. Just try to change or give the control to King Jesus – and see what happens!

 

We are all living in the time just before Jesus returns to receive His kingdom from His Father. We are all subjects of His Kingdom based on three foundations: We are Gods by creation. He made us so we belong to God. We are God's by redemption. God paid the result-of-sin-price to buy us back from a life of sin. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23. The price for my sin and your sin was the life of God's only-begotten Son. And the third basis of God's ownership of us is the fact that He has adopted us into His kingdom-family. Sin separates us from God. God not only paid the result-price of our sins, but He also initiated the adoption process when He sent His only-begotten Son on the mission to this earth to find and to save us. He is continuing the adoption-process in the courts above “as we speak”. In order not to block the adoption process to be completed, we must agree to be adopted by God!

 

How do we agree?

 

Just as the adoption process to come to completion takes time and the judges approval – so our agreement takes time and the judges approval. This is the process:

 

  1. See that Jesus loves you and agree to accept and respond to His love with your love and loyalty.

  2. Speak to Jesus in prayer telling Him thank you for His love, His sacrifice, His doing the adoption-work necessary for us to be a member of His family tell Jesus you choose Him as your King, and Lord, and Sacrifice, and Savior.

  3. Follow Him by studying the Bible in order to think like a child of the King which will result in the feelings of a child of the King and actions and speech as a child of the King.

  4. Stay in His class to get us ready for the Judge's approval that you have indeed chosen King Jesus as your King and Lord and Savior.

 

Jesus told a story recorded in Matthew 25:

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Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

25:2 And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish.

25:3 They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

25:9 But the wise answered, saying, [Not so]; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 

This story illustrates our position in time now. We are waiting for Jesus to come back to this earth after He has received His kingdom from His Father that is likened to a wedding. We are the bride of Christ. Some of us are wise and entering into the marriage covenant with Jesus. Some of us are foolish because we do not realize that while we are with the wise and look and act like the wise – but we are deceived. We are in fact foolish.

 

What makes the difference?

 

This paragraph in the magazine, Review and Herald of March 27, 1894 explains what the oil is that the foolish virgins lacked:

 

“The oil of grace gives to men the courage, and supplies to them the motives for doing every day the work that God appoints to them. The five foolish virgins had lamps (this means a knowledge of Scripture truth), but they had not the grace of Christ. Day by day they went through a round of ceremonies and external duties, but their service was lifeless, devoid of the righteousness of Christ. The Sun of Righteousness did not shine in their hearts and minds, and they had not the love of the truth which conforms to the life and character, the image and superscription, of Christ. The oil of grace was not mingled with their endeavors. Their religion was a dry husk without the true kernel. They held fast to forms of doctrines, but they were deceived in their Christian life, full of self-righteousness, and failing to learn lessons in the school of Christ, which, if practiced, would have made them wise unto salvation.” {RH, March 27, 1894 par. 5}

 

Review:

 

Q. What must I do to be victorious?

A. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will make Jesus very happy that He has not died for you in vain. Believe on Jesus and you will be saved from sin and destruction and have victory in your life.

And love Jesus and others for His sake.

 
The BIBLE is the book of “Basic Instructions Before Living Eternally”.